Keeping air clean in your home
Millions of Americans live with allergies and for those of you who fall into that category – you know just how important maintaining air quality is to keeping your sanity. While HVAC systems help maintain the air in your home, they’re not all you can do to keep the air clean.
Today, we’re here to discuss a few of things you can do to improve the overall quality of the air in your home and in general – make it a happier and healthier place for you to be.
Mop your hard floors
The truth is – floors accumulate a lot of dirt, dust and grime. If left unchecked – it can easily make it’s way into your HVAC system and begin to circulate throughout the air. While vacuuming the floor certainly helps a lot, mopping will help make a dramatic difference in the overall air quality in your home. It’ll get a lot of those things between the proverbial cracks that your vacuum won’t.
The benefit of doing this is also twofold – as the less grime and dust that floats through the room; the less you have to worry about things like getting your vents and ducts cleaned. Simply put -the cleaner your floors are – the higher the air quality you’ll have.
Use natural cleaners
Try not to use harsh chemicals when you clean. Chemicals are often more ‘solutions’ that are made up of several chemicals at once and if not properly used or cleaned off a surface– can linger and contribute to poor air quality.
Keep an appropriate humidity level
Dust mites and various forms of mold absolutely love moisture. Keeping your humidity levels stable keeps those and other allergens out of the air and under control. Dehumidifiers can go a long ways towards reducing unnecessary moisture in your home and also help reduce indoor pollen counts – yet another plus for allergy sufferers.
Make it smell nice by making it smell naturally nice
Everyone likes a pleasant scent – but the truth is that a lot of the air freshening products out there today emit an incredible number of chemicals into the air. That doesn’t make them not safe as many of the same things happen when you use things like fabric softeners, dryer sheets and laundry detergents – but what it does do is up the risk for allergy sufferers. In one study, plug-in air fresheners were found to emit as many as 20 volatile organic compounds into the air – seven of which are regulated as toxic or hazardous under US law. And for people with allergies? Well they were six times as likely to have a reaction in homes where chemical fragrances were used.
When and if you can – stay away from the chemicals and go with natural scents to make your home more inviting.
Change your air filters
Changing air filters in your HVAC system is one of the easiest do it yourself fixes a home owner can undertake. Clean filters make a dramatic difference in the overall quality of your air so make sure you take the time every few months to get them changed over. It literally takes less than a minute.
Hopefully you found these tips helpful and they’ll help you keep your allergies at bay a bit better. If you find yourself still struggling with your overall air quality, you can give us a call and we’ll provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!